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Police: 'Armed and dangerous' teen runaway linked to auto thefts, evading police

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 13:59:59-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Clarksville police have asked the public’s help in locating a runaway teenager who’s been linked to several crimes in the area.

Police said they’ve taken out 24 juvenile petitions against 16-year-old Tai Harrell since October 2018 in connection with property thefts and traffic related crimes. He’s also been linked to auto thefts, credit card fraud and evading police.

On Sunday, police said Harrell was in a stolen vehicle when he pulled up alongside a car on 101st Airborne Parkway. He apparently knew the people in the car and allegedly pointed a gun at them.

The following day, police said Harrell tried to run them off the road on Tiny Town Road. The incident continued onto the interstate, where police said Harrell rammed their vehicle and pointed a gun at them. They eventually got away and called police.

Officers located Harrell in the car but did not pursue him. He remains at large.

Police said they believe people have been helping him evade authorities.

He has juvenile petitions on file for charges ranging from runaway, auto theft, burglary, felony evading, reckless endangerment, credit card fraud and multiple counts of aggravated assault.

Harrell should be considered armed and dangerous.